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  2. A team of scientists led by Alida Bailleul and Jingmai O'Connor from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences reported the first fossil bird ever found with an egg preserved inside its body. Their findings were published on March 20 in Nature Communications. View the full article
  3. A new study reveals that young hen harriers in England suffer abnormally high mortality compared to populations in Orkney and mainland Scotland and provides compelling evidence that the most likely cause is illegal killing in areas associated with grouse moor management. View the full article
  4. DUTIES: Participates in carrying out research and management activities for the recovery of Kauai’s endangered seabirds during field season, with emphasis on Newell’s Shearwater (Puffinus newelli), Hawaiian Petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis), and Band-rumped Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma castro). Includes: 1) surveys to document distribution and relative abundance across Kauai using visual surveys (binocular, and night-vision), auditory point counts, and ornithological radar; 2) surveys to monitor breeding success and relative abundance at select colony sites; 3) management tasks, possibly including predator control; 4) data entry, and preliminary analyses of field data. Performs effective public outreach. Operates a motor vehicle and a variety of equipment for field studies. Requires irregular working hours, with many duties occurring in the evening or very early morning. May require interisland travel and camping for up to two (2) weeks in remote field sites required as part of duties. PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: One to three (1-3) years of college-level biological sciences coursework from an accredited college or university. EXPERIENCE: One to three (1-3) years of (paid or volunteer) experience in terrestrial biological fieldwork (volunteer experience must be documented and verifiable). Demonstrated experience with one (1) or more of the following: seabird-monitoring methods, auditory point counts, operating ornithological radar, song meters or burrow cameras, or predator management near seabird colonies. Demonstrated remote area experience. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Working knowledge of the principles of avian population ecology and conservation. Ability and skills in techniques of avian population ecology and conservation, particularly colonial nesting seabirds. Demonstrated hiking ability, including off-trail navigation. Ability to use Microsoft Office (Excel) and other software programs to undertake field reporting. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Must be able to locate birds by their calls. Must possess a valid driver’s license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Must be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission. Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Must be able to pass a post offer criminal background check. Must possess Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain the certificate following the training provided within two (2) months from date of hire) and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course (A100) within two (2) months from date of hire. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to hike at least four (4) miles on obscure or off trails with a 30 to 40 pound backpack unassisted and live and work in isolated field camps under primitive conditions for extended periods of time. POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS: As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures. Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.). SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biological Sciences. Strong interest and background training in seabird ecology, particularly forest-nesting petrels. Small boat experience. Experience working with Hawaiian birds. Banding experience, particularly with seabirds. Experience with use of Geographic Information System (GIS) software (ArcView) and databases (Access). Familiarity with native Hawaiian flora and fauna, local conservation issues, and Kauai. MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY: $2,509/Mon. INQUIRIES: Dr. André Raine 335-5300 (Kauai). APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to rcuh_employment@rcuh.com. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872.
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  6. Great Basin Bird Observatory (GBBO), in cooperation with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), and Idaho State University (ISU), is seeking to fill two positions for a Crew Leader and Technician to conduct avian biological surveys primarily targeted at greater sage-grouse in the pristine habitat of Monitor Valley outside of Austin, Nevada. Primary duties may include sage-grouse capture and handling, lek counts, radio-telemetry, nest and brood monitoring, habitat sampling, avian predator surveys, data entry and management, and other biological surveys as needed. Work hours will be irregular and include nights, early mornings, and weekends. The Great Basin landscape is beautiful but rugged and challenging to work in. Temperature extremes can range from well below freezing to above 100 degrees F, and inclement weather is always a possibility. These temporary, full-time appointments will last from the first week of April through the end of July, with the potential for extended employment depending on funding and performance. Primitive field housing will be provided, and successful applicants will be required to stay on site during work periods. Qualifications: B.S. degree in a natural resource field preferred although experienced undergraduates are encouraged to apply for intern positions. U.S. citizen with valid driver’s license required. Successful applicants must possess the ability to hike long distances over rough terrain often in inclement weather (snow, rain, hail, high winds). The ability to take direction and work independently, a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, a desire to gain experience while maintaining an enthusiastic attitude, and good communication skills with field supervisor and teammates are essential for all positions. Prior experience driving ATVs/4x4 vehicles over rough terrain is also preferred for all positions. Crew Leaders: We are seeking individuals with extensive experience working on wildlife-related field research projects, previous experience with animal capture and handling and radio-telemetry, and strong interpersonal communication skills. Prior supervisory experience, or demonstrated potential for supervising field crews, is preferred. Technicians: Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience assisting with wildlife field research. Previous experience with animal capture and handling and radio-telemetry are also preferred. Application Instructions: Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references in a single PDF document saved with applicant’s last name in the title to: sagegrousescience@gmail.com. Please indicate in your cover letter which positions you would like to be considered for: Crew Leader and/or Technician. Cover letters and correspondence may be addressed to Rebecca Kelble. Please include “Greater Sage-grouse Position” in the subject line. Positions will be filled as successful applicants are identified and interested applicants should submit applications as soon as possible. Salary: Crew Leaders: (~$2400-2600/mo, dependent on experience); Technicians: (~$1900-2200/mo, dependent on experience) Start Date: 1 April 2019 (preferred but flexible)
  7. We are seeking to recruit a research technician as part of a project with the University of York based at the Humberhead Peatlands NNR, forming part of a project spanning several sites across the UK. The project aims to understand the breeding and population ecology of the European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus). The research will focus on the collection of DNA from birds using buccal swabs in order to elucidate information on the species’ mating system and population ecology, linking these to habitat management practices and other environmental and ecological factors. The work will involve ringing, swabbing, radio tagging and tracking Nightjars, as well as nest searching to investigate breeding productivity. The work will take place between June & August 2019 and will involve long hours in the field. Effort will be concentrated primarily towards evening and nocturnal work, focusing on catching and tagging individuals. Tracking work, nest searching, data input and kit maintenance will take place during the day (afternoons). The work will be conducted in small teams of employees, students and volunteers. Shared accommodation will be provided on or near site for the duration of the field season. We are seeking an experienced avian field technician (£17, 408 pro rata dependent on experience). One person required for 8 -10 weeks, on a full-time basis, working typically ~35 hours per week (hours may vary dependent on weather & field conditions). The ideal candidate would have: · BTO A or C-permit ringing licence · Experience of ornithological fieldwork, particularly ringing and breeding surveys · Experience of, and enthusiasm for, working outdoors in unfavourable conditions / antisocial hours · Ability to work as part of a small team · Full, clean UK driving licence · Good physical fitness Desirable criteria: · Experience of fitting or using radio tags · Own transport If you are interested in the role please contact Dr Kathryn Arnold (Kathryn.Arnold@york.ac.uk), with your CV, 2 references and a short covering letter detailing previous experience. For informal enquiries, please contact George Day (PhD Student; gwd500@york.ac.uk). Please note that the positions will be offered subject to satisfactory references, check of eligibility to work in the U.K. (verified copy of passport) and proof of qualifications if necessary. Whilst we will attempt to reply to all candidates, the volume of applications we receive may mean that this is not possible. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.
  8. Blackpoll warblers that breed in western North America may migrate up to 12,400 miles roundtrip each year, some crossing the entire North American continent before making a nonstop trans-ocean flight of up to four days to South America. Now a new study led by first author Bill DeLuca at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and project lead Ryan Norris at the University of Guelph, Ontario offers details of the feat. View the full article
  9. SUMMARY: Third Millennium Alliance (TMA) is a registered non-profit dedicated to conserving the last remnants of Pacific Ecuadorian Forests and empowering local communities to restore what's been lost. The organization’s flagship project is the Jama-Coaque Reserve and Bird Observatory – Ecuador’s first international bird observatory dedicated to long-term, year-round avian monitoring, research, conservation and capacity-building. TMA offers field-based internship opportunities to engage in hands-on research in a beautiful tropical rainforest on Ecuador's Pacific coast over the course of 4-8 week sessions. TMA’s Research Internship is rooted in Ornithology, Tropical Ecology, and Conservation. The program is designed to provide both an excellent educational opportunity for emerging scientists and to collect ecological data in support of TMA’s research and conservation initiatives. All internships are lead by experienced and certified (North American Banding Council) ornithologists and bird banders. Interns will participate in ongoing projects investigating demographic trends, seasonal movements, molt patterns, habitat use, nesting ecology, and more. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in other research studies being carried out in the Reserve during their stay (e.g. camera trapping, primate surveys, herpetofauna studies), but these activities will be supplemental to the more in-depth ornithological research activities at the core of the internship. SKILLS GAINED THROUGH PARTICIPATION: - Mist-netting - Bird banding - Bird identification - Bird handling techniques - Aging and sexing techniques - Study/sampling design - Nest searching/monitoring - GPS navigation - Data management - Camera-trapping - Wildlife monitoring - Conservation practices 2019 INTERNSHIP CALENDAR: Taste of the Tropics (4-week sessions) 1. May 27th – June 21st 2. June 24th – July 19th Tropical Immersion (8-week sessions) 1. May 27th - July 19th A complete description of the TMA internship with the 2019 schedule and prices can be found on our website: http://tmalliance.org/internships/about/ PREREQUISITES: Prior experience working with birds or other wildlife is not required to participate. Each internship session begins with an intensive two-week training period to help develop necessary skills. Interns may also be asked to review literature supplied by TMA before beginning their programs. Interns will receive the full tropical field ornithology experience, which means many days spent waking before the sun and hiking in difficult field conditions while carrying equipment, thus applicants should be in good physical condition. Given these realities, passion for wildlife (particularly birds) and conservation, a hard work ethic, and a positive attitude are all critical to your success and our top requirements. * Accreditation–For students looking to get academic credit for our internship program, please discuss the options available with your advisor or internship office. TMA does not currently have the ability to independently provide academic credit, but we are happy to work with your university to ensure all requirements are met by our program. Our staff is happy to provide an evaluation of performance and complete any paperwork required by the university. HOW TO APPLY: Application material (Application Form, Cover Letter, and CV/Resume) is available on the TMA website here: http://tmalliance.org/internships/how-to-apply/ Please submit your application to TMA (info@tmalliance.org). The subject of your application email should read as follows: “APPLICATION – Internship Length/ Start Date (Your Name)”. For example: “APPLICATION -Taste of the Tropics Jan. 4th (John Doe)”. We look forward to working with you soon! Jama-Coaque Reserve Team Third Millennium Alliance Ecuador www.tmalliance.org
  10. The bird's trek between its breeding grounds in the central and western boreal forest of North America and its winter home in the Amazon Basin is one of the longest songbird migrations recorded. Describing a route arcing across North America and including a transoceanic flight to South America, the study confirms an epic migration journey that scientists had long suspected but not yet proved. Tracking their route is key to solving the birds' decline. View the full article
  11. Introduction: American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist — the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. We are currently looking for a motivated, self-starting, and detail-oriented individual with southwestern riparian habitats and their bird conservation needs to reach out to private landowners to promote voluntary conservation actions that benefit riparian birds in southern California. This individual will reach out effectively to private landowners, and work with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and other local partners in southern California to implement voluntary conservation and management practices on private lands to benefit Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (SWFL), Yellow-billed Cuckoo (YBCU), Least Bells’ Vireo (LBVI) and other wildlife associated with riparian habitat through the NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) program and the Declining Species Habitat Initiative. Primary Duties: 1. Provide increased outreach capacity to accelerate the NRCS WLFW program that targets SWFL, YBCU, LBVI and southwest riparian ecosystems in southern California. 2. Give technical assistance to landowners to address wildlife habitat natural resource concerns. Technical assistance includes landowner consultation, on-site visits, evaluating and identifying wildlife resource concerns, assistance in developing conservation plans for multiple land uses, designing practices, assisting with project implementation, and monitoring results 3. Provide information about NRCS programs and develop conservation plans and contracts. 4. Establish an active and productive relationship the NRCS Leadership and staff. 5. Work with key landowners and managers to develop watershed-level conservation and management strategies that benefit southwestern-dependent riparian birds in southern California. 6. Use assessments to identify the highest priority riparian habitat areas for the SWFL, YBCU, LBVI and other high priority riparian dependent birds and wildlife. Include opportunities to benefit Tricolored Blackbirds (TRBL) whenever possible. 7. Identify the most promising landowners and producers and develop an outreach program to connect with them. (This will include working with NRCS GIS specialists to identify priority properties and landownership.) 8. Work with NRCS staff to develop a tool-kit of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and appropriate NRCS practices that will benefit the target species within the WLFW framework. 9. Develop and coordinate an outreach campaign to priority landowners and land managers, in coordination with NRCS staff and other partners. Include outreach workshops, potentially in partnership with federal, state, and NGOs entities. Target outreach efforts toward private landowners, landowner associations, as well as key land managers (both agency and NGOs) within the watershed and provide information on maintaining riparian areas (e.g. invasive plant and pest management, irrigation water management, livestock grazing practices etc.) and promoting WLFW program goals. 10. Facilitate communication and coordination with various partners involved with watershed-level strategies (i.e. Weed Management Areas would be a great opportunity to initiate those relationships). 11. Meet with landowners and provide technical assistance to them to promote Working Lands for Wildlife and other Farm Bill Program opportunities. This includes biological ad technical assistance, facilitation through the NRCS contracting process, development of site-specific conservation plans, and meeting NRCS practice standards and SW riparian BMP's. 12. In coordination with NRCS staff, develop conservation plans for private landowners, including practices specifications, to establish potential projects in priority areas for southwestern riparian bird restoration. 13. Assist with compliance of the NRCS SWFL Programmatic Biological Opinion and ensure that technical service provided comply with all applicable Federal, State, Tribal, and Local laws and requirements, and meet applicable USDA-NRCS standards. Ensure conservation plans and agreements implemented on the ground to improve and enhance riparian habitat and benefit SWFL, YBCU, LBVI, TRBL and other wildlife. Position Requirements: • Bachelor's degree or higher in ornithology, wildlife management or environmental sciences, with an emphasis on riparian habitat management and restoration is required. A deep understanding of riparian habitat improvement and management, wildlife management, and bird conservation desired. • Professional knowledge and skills to assess, devise, and apply strategies for riparian habitat management to meet desired wildlife habitat objectives. Experience developing and implementing site-specific riparian restoration and management plans/practices, and the ability to utilize riparian bird inventory tools/inventory protocols needed. • Willing and able to travel across southern California. Applicant should be prepared to spend as much as 20% of their time away from home. ABC covers travel expenses. • Experience working with private landowners as well as public agencies (NRCS, DNR, USFWS, etc.) and knowledge of landowner incentive programs desired. • Knowledge of NRCS landowner cost-share programs (such as WLFW, EQIP) is preferred. • A general knowledge of environment laws, regulations and policies to ensure legal standards are met in formulation of habitat development and restoration activities. • Proven ability to manage multiple projects, produce effective results and meet deadlines. • Proven ability to be self-motivated, responsible and solve problems. Applicant must be able to develop and manage their daily work schedule to achieve results. • Ability to use ArcGIS, Google Maps and Microsoft Excel and Database to manage information. • The position requires excellent networking and communication skills (presentation, inter-personal, reading, and writing); project management experience, and organizing and leadership skills. Applicant should be a team player and work well independently. • Willing and able to work in physically challenging environment under adverse conditions. · Partner Biologist may be required to participate in specific NRCS training programs in order to use partner facilities and equipment. · Applicant must have a valid driver's license. Benefits: • Benefits include medical, dental, and 403(b) plan. • Paid vacation days (15), holidays (10+), and sick leave. • Office expenses covered. • Pre-approved professional training and workshop expenses covered. • Lodging and meals covered for travel away from home. • Rental vehicle or personal mileage reimbursement, if partner vehicles are unavailable. To apply: Please apply online at Bamboohr.com: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=37 If you have trouble, please send your cover letter and resume as one document to HR@abcbirds.org
  12. Wildlife researchers are launching a bird population survey in the Triangle region, focused on getting a better understanding of the birds that live in Raleigh, Durham and other urban centers. The researchers are recruiting participants for the citizen science study, and are particularly interested in bringing in people who may not view themselves as birdwatchers. View the full article
  13. Position Title: Sanctuary Keeper Job Summary: Cooperating effectively with staff and volunteers, a Sanctuary Keeper is responsible for working in a variety of roles, with the goal of providing support to multiple areas of World Bird Sanctuary operations. A Keeper has a varied skill set, including the ability to conduct animal training sessions, especially with birds and particularly with raptors, as well as be able to execute construction maintenance operations and landscaping projects. This range of responsibility may include an array of tasks from general care and daily husbandry of animals, food preparation and record keeping, animal training and enrichment activities, organizing storage areas for food and equipment, managing pickups of food and material supplies, and general upkeep and maintenance of enclosures and/or site grounds, animal housing and WBS facilities. Additionally, a Keeper is responsible for interacting professionally with guests of World Bird Sanctuary, answering their questions, and helping to enable a positive experience for visitors. Specific Duties and Responsibilities: Working primarily at the sanctuary’s Display Line / Exhibit Trail, and periodically rotating to the sanctuary’s Lower Site, a Keeper reports to the Assistant Director, and completes assignments and follows project and shift schedules set by the Animal Curator. Food preparation and cleaning of animal housing units are among the most important daily tasks of a Keeper. Following policies set by the Animal Curator, a Keeper is required to maintain accurate records that track all manner of husbandry activities. Following the policies and training plans set by the Curator of Bird Training, a Keeper is expected to conduct daily training activities that ensure the best health and wellbeing of sanctuary animals. Following maintenance plans set by the Assistant Director, a Keeper is expected to maintain site horticulture and landscaping features, including planting, watering, and maintaining the health of a variety of Missouri native trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses. A Keeper is expected to cooperate with other rotating staff to ensure coordinated completion of both animal training and site maintenance related projects, as well as assist with, and at times manage, various group volunteer projects. A Keeper will provide supportive services for WBS operations, such as trash and recycling collection, maintenance and upkeep of enclosures and grounds, including site trails, and snow/ice removal, as well as at times traveling in WBS vehicles to make pickups of food and material supplies. A Keeper will provide assistance with setup and breakdown for WBS special events, and assist with parking management and guest services on those days. Other assignments as needed. Qualifications: Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related field. At least 3 years of professional experience with animal husbandry and training, particularly with birds and especially with raptors. Must be able to safely and efficiently use a variety of hand and machine tools to complete construction maintenance projects. Knowledge of basic carpentry skills strongly preferred, with basic knowledge of plumbing and electrical systems a plus. Strong interpersonal skills and an enthusiastic willingness to positively interact with the public. Must have a strong appreciation for wildlife and the environment. Must possess the ability to function in a dynamic, team-oriented environment. Must be able to work independently, and as part of a team, to achieve positive results. Must be able to walk or stand for extended periods of time, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull, bend, climb stairs, and carry up to 25 pounds. Must be able and willing to actively work outdoors in all weather conditions. Valid driver’s license required to operate World Bird Sanctuary vehicles. Proof of current Tetanus shot. How to Apply: E-mail cover letter, resume and references to Kelsey McCord at kmccord@worldbirdsanctuary.org World Bird Sanctuary is an equal-opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.
  14. The best methods to help an endangered woodpecker in Alabama thrive are installation of artificial homes and controlled burning in forests, according to research from The University of Alabama. View the full article
  15. For many of us, birds are an interesting distraction or a sign of spring. For Fran Bonier and her former master's student Amelia Cox, bird populations provide vital data about the health of the world. Their new research adds to growing evidence that the climate is changing – and not for the better. View the full article
  16. The Eurasian Blackcap’s beautiful song has inspired humanity for centuries. But in Cyprus today, it is silenced by industrial-level illegal trapping using invisible nets or glue sticks: all to fuel an unlawful trade in local delicacies, run by organised criminals. Could education be the solution?View the full article
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  18. Conservation InSight is a nonprofit scientific research organization focused on providing sound solutions for avian conservation issues. Our mission is to provide evidence-based scientific findings that may be used by federal and state agencies, natural resource managers, and communities to inform decision making. We are currently seeking AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIANS (2) to join our team for the 2019 field season to assist with a grassland bird monitoring project at Powell Butte Nature Park in Portland, OR. This position is part-time and temporary: 15 April 2019 – 12 July 2019 (2-3 days/wk). Salary: $15.00/hr (no benefits). We are looking for applicants who are detail-oriented, organized, able to work as part of a team, and who are enthusiastic about working outside in all weather conditions. Experience: Previous avian research experience is desired; however, college students without prior field experience who are enrolled in a degree program in a relevant field are also strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must have the ability to identify western birds by sight and sound. Candidates with prior experience conducting point count surveys using distance sampling and who have experience entering data in MS Access will be given stronger consideration. Duties will include, but are not limited to: · Conducting early-morning point count surveys · Locating and monitoring nests in grassland habitat · Territory mapping using handheld GPS devices · Assistance with mist-netting and banding birds · Data entry and management · Some outreach Fieldwork will be conducted in early mornings (beginning pre-dawn) 2-3 days/wk; afternoons will be spent entering data, maintaining equipment, and conducting outreach (e.g., writing blogs or developing social media posts). Total hours worked anticipated to be 16-24 hrs/wk. Applicants must provide their own transportation to Powell Butte Nature Park. Applicants should be physically fit and able to carry 20-50 pounds of field equipment at times. To apply: Send a letter of interest addressed to Dr. Tom Virzi, along with a resume and three references (include names, emails, and phone numbers) to tvirzi@conservationinsight.org. Please include “Powell Butte Fieldtech” in the subject line of your email. Deadline to apply: April 7, 2019.
  19. Bromethalin, a common rat poison, is the agent responsible for a neurological disease that has sickened or killed birds from a popular flock of naturalized parrots that reside primarily in the Telegraph Hill area in north San Francisco, according to a new study led by the University of Georgia Infectious Diseases Laboratory and funded by Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue. View the full article
  20. Job Description: The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is seeking experienced field biologists (1-2 more to fill a 14 person field crew) to conduct point counts throughout the state of Wyoming and in eastern Idaho. The position will run from approximately May 13th thru mid-July. Successful candidates must be able to attend a week-long, mandatory, paid training beginning on May 13th. Surveys are located on both public and private lands including within scenic areas such as the Red Desert, Shoshone and Bridger-Teton National Forests, as well as Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Upon the successful completion of training, technicians will work both independently (approximately ¾ of the season) and with a partner (approximately ¼ of the season) conducting bird surveys. The work schedule is typically 10 days on and 4 days off; however, alternative schedules may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Technicians must be able to identify all bird species found in Wyoming by sight and sound upon completion of training, and should expect to hike long distances off-trail in steep and rugged terrain on a regular basis. Primitive camping, often without phone service or facilities, and some overnight backcountry travel to survey remote roadless areas will be required. Completion of job duties may require long days in the field periodically. These positions represent an excellent opportunity to explore some of the most wild and scenic places in the lower 48 states while advancing avian conservation at regional scales. Please visit the IMBCR webpage (https://birdconservancy.org/what-we-do/science/monitoring/imbcr-program/) for additional information or check out this blog post (https://birdconservancy.org/off-the-beaten-track/) to hear about the position from a previous technician. Several weeks to approximately two months of additional work entering and proofing data following the conclusion of the field season may be possible for technicians who demonstrate excellent attention to detail and self-motivation. Qualifications Applicants should be enthusiastic, physically fit, have excellent hearing, enjoy travel, and be willing to work long hours in the field. The successful applicant will need to be comfortable hiking and surveying in areas with potentially hazardous wildlife including rattlesnakes, black and grizzly bear, moose, and mountain lion. The ability to identify avian species that breed in Wyoming by sight and sound is required. A valid driver's license, proof of auto insurance, binoculars, camping gear, basic computer skills, a strong work ethic, and enthusiasm for conservation and conducting fieldwork are also necessary. Applicants should enjoy working independently and be a self-starter. Desired qualifications include prior experience conducting point count surveys, camping, long distance hiking, and navigating in the backcountry. Applicants with personal 4WD vehicles are encouraged to apply; however, the Bird Conservancy will rent vehicles for qualified applicants that do not possess 4WD vehicles and are at least 21 years old. Required Education and Experience Ability to identify avian species which breed in Wyoming and eastern Idaho by sight and sound is required Driver’s license, proof of insurance, and experience driving 4WD vehicles is required Prior experience conducting avian point counts is highly desired Experience in backcountry travel and navigation is highly desired To Apply: Please email a cover letter describing your bird identification knowledge/ability/experience in detail, a resume, and three references as a single document to: Nick Van Lanen at nick.vanlanenATbirdconservancy.org. Applications that do not specifically detail the applicant’s avian identification skills will not be considered. Positions will be filled as suitable applicants are found. Compensation $1153 - $1338, biweekly, depending on experience. In addition to salary, reimbursement for project-related travel, some recreational travel, and up to $200 per 2-week pay period in camping and lodging reimbursements will be provided.
  21. BIRD BANDERS/EDUCATORS needed for Smithsonian citizen science program. Assistants are needed in the Washington, DC region May 13-July13 (starting date somewhat flexible). Neighborhood Nestwatch (NN) is a Smithsonian citizen science program which takes place in urban/suburban backyards in various regional locations in the U.S. It is a community-based research project and an opportunity to conduct basic conservation biology and environmental education. NN work consists of conducting visits to 40-50 participant properties where banding, point count censuses, nest searching, and re-sighting color-banded birds are conducted along with informal environmental education. All work requires an ability to capture, color-band, age, sex, and measure birds unassisted as well as communicate ecological topics to a wide range of ages. Applicants must arrive with extensive experience setting up mist nets, removing captured birds unassisted, and recording/entering data meticulously. The work requires discipline and organization to work from early morning onward 6 days per week, diligently carrying out field tasks. Stand-out applicants will also have experience conducting public outreach activities and working cohesively as a crew member. All work will be conducted by paired teams using provided project vehicle. Salary $2,600/month. Housing not provided but affordable leads possible. Please send cover letter, CV, and the names and updated contact information of three references to Bob Reitsma, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, reitsmar@si.edu by March 31, 2019. Indicate “NN Only” on the subject line. Please give an estimate of how many birds you have captured and banded unassisted. Applications which do not include this estimate will not be processed.
  22. The mass killing of migratory birds in Cyprus has reached a record low mainly due to a clampdown on illegal trapping in British military-controlled areas, a conservationist group said Monday. View the full article
  23. Dates: April 13th – early June We're looking for a volunteer assistant bander to join a lead bander and another volunteer for the spring banding season. Banding experience is preferred but not required. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain real experience in the handling and processing of songbirds at a long-term monitoring site. You will be working at the Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa near Moab, Utah. This beautiful riparian habitat provides critical resources to migratory birds, amidst the desert of the Colorado Plateau. The station has banded over 10,000 birds so far of 125 species including Willow Flycatcher, Black-throated Sparrow, Canyon Wren, Juniper Titmouse and much more. The position runs from April 13th through early June, encompassing the whole spring bird migration. The team are required to work 10 days on and 2 days off. Mist nets are opened from a half hour before dawn for six hours a day. You will be trained in mist-netting and banding techniques by the lead bander and you will also assist with the tours of visiting groups. In your free time you can explore the fantastic Red Rock Country of southern Utah. If interested, please email with your interest and relevant experience. Banding experience is not required but is preferred. It is important that you are enthusiastic about bird research and/or conservation biology. You must be able to work well as a team in a fairly isolated location. You must be able to interact well with visitors young and old. Ideally you would have some field experience, used to working outside for long hours in variable conditions. Please email your interest and resume to monteneateclegg@gmail.com
  24. A study into the effectiveness of disinfecting birds' nests, carried out by the University of Kent, has led to a breakthrough in the understanding of biosecuity measures for the endangered echo parakeet in Mauritius. The research team found that annual disinfection of parakeet nest sites prior to the breeding season, intended to reduce the spread of infectious disease in endangered parrot species, didn't have the impact conservationists expected leading to recommendation for a different approach. View the full article
  25. New research shows that recent climate change is having profound effects on wetlands across the American West – affecting birds that use these wetlands for breeding, migration and wintering. View the full article
  26. A star racing pigeon named Armando has fetched a record 1.25 million euros in an online auction, Belgian media reported Sunday. View the full article
  27. AVIAN FIELD ASSISTANTS (6-8 positions) needed early May – late July 2019 to monitor forest and shrubland birds on public and private lands in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Surveys will consist of all-species bird point counts along transects. Qualified candidates will possess the skills necessary for identifying eastern forest birds by sight and sound. Although Golden-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, and Wood Thrush are the primary focus of our surveys, technicians must be able to identify all birds encountered during passerine surveys. Technicians will also conduct vegetation surveys, enter data into a computer daily, and perform other field related activities as needed. Housing with 3-5 other technicians, field vehicles, and fuel will be provided. Strong applicants will have a passion for spending early mornings (and potentially some late evenings) in the field, be physically fit and capable of working in a rugged forested setting (with insects, snakes, poison ivy, etc.). Although technicians work in teams, avian surveys are conducted alone, and technicians must be prepared to occasionally walk up to >1 km to survey locations. The ability to communicate with private land owners and public land managers, navigate using a GPS, and work well in teams is also important, though basic training can be provided. Individuals seeking a challenging yet rewarding field position are encouraged to apply via the information below. Salary: $450-550/weekly DOE To apply: Please send in a single pdf document: 1) Brief letter of interest 2) Contact information for two references 3) Resume to Cameron Fiss: cafiss@syr.edu
  28. It's a tale with everything you'd need for a soap opera: star-crossed lovers, a stable relationship threatened by younger suitors, pregnancy and loss, and a hungry raccoon. View the full article
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